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Man charged with threatening to BOMB Merriam-Webster’s HQ over definition of ‘girl’ and ‘woman’ 

Man charged with threatening to BOMB Merriam-Webster's HQ over definition of 'girl' and 'woman'  2

A California man threatened to bomb Merriam-Webster’s HQ over the dictionary’s definition of the word female as ‘a gender identity that is the opposite of male.’ 

Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence.

Hanson’s alleged antics forced the firm to shutter its offices for five days.  

He could now face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, and is also said to have been upset over the firm’s definitions of the words girl and woman. 

Woman is defined by the site as ‘an adult female person,’ while a girl is described as ‘a female child from birth to adulthood’ or ‘a person whose gender identity is female.’ 

In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site’s ‘Contact Us’ page, as well as in the comment sections for various words.. 

And on October 2, 2021, Hanson allegedly used the handle ‘@anonYmous’ to write on the page for the word ‘female’: ‘It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot.’ 

Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence. In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site's 'Contact Us' page

Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence. In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site’s ‘Contact Us’ page

Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words 'girl' and 'woman'. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats

Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words ‘girl’ and ‘woman’. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats

'It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as 'gender identity.' The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot,' he wrote

‘It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot,’ he wrote

Hanson is also said to have been angered by Merriam Webster's definition of 'woman'

Hanson is also said to have been angered by Merriam Webster’s definition of ‘woman’ 

The dictionary's definition of trans woman caused some consternation online last year, with critics claiming Merriam Webster staff had kotowed to woke pressure

The dictionary’s definition of trans woman caused some consternation online last year, with critics claiming Merriam Webster staff had kotowed to woke pressure 

Hanson is also accused of sending the following message to the ‘Contact Us’ page: ‘You [sic] headquarters should be shot up and bombed. It is sickening that you have caved to the cultural Marxist, anti-science tranny [sic] agenda and altered the definition of ‘female’ as part of the Left’s efforts to corrupt and degrade the English language and deny reality. You evil Marxists should all be killed. It would be poetic justice to have someone storm your offices and shoot up the place, leaving none of you commies alive.’

On October 8, 2021, Hanson sent another message to the ‘Contact Us’ page saying he wanted to ‘bomb your offices for lying and creating fake…’. 

As a result of the threats, Merriam-Webster closed its offices in Springfield and New York City for approximately five business days. 

The dictionary company sparked anger online last year after defining trans woman as ‘a woman assigned male at birth.’ Critics said the definition was nonsensical and that it kotowed to woke pressure, but it is unclear exactly which definition first angered Hanson. 

The Department of Justice’s investigation found numerous targets for Hanson’s invectives, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Land O’ Lakes, Hasbro, Inc., IGN Entertainment, the President of the University of North Texas, two professors at Loyola Marymount University and a New York City rabbi.

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O' Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called 'a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness'

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O’ Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called ‘a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness’

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their 'Women of the Year'

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their ‘Women of the Year’

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the 'Mr.' from 'Mr. Potato Head'

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the ‘Mr.’ from ‘Mr. Potato Head’

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their ‘Women of the Year.’

Hanson wrote that he would ‘shoot up and bomb’ their offices and then ‘assassinate’ Lavine, whom he called a ‘freak.’ 

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O’ Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called ‘a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness.’ 

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the ‘Mr.’ from ‘Mr. Potato Head.’ He similarly threatened to bomb both companies.

‘Hate-filled threats and intimidations have no place in our society,’ said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins in a statement. ‘We believe Hanson sent a multitude of anonymous threatening and despicable messages related to the LGBTQ community that were intended to evoke fear and division. My office and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate threats against members of our communities, no matter what corner of the internet they’re sent from. Perpetrators will be identified, arrested, and held accountable in federal court.’ 

Hanson was released on conditions and his next appearance will be in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 29. 

His words come during a heated debate over transgender issues in federal and state governments and boards of education, including Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans teaching kids in kindergarten through third grade about transgender issues. 

One of Hanson’s threats came to the Disney Corporation, whom he singled out saying ‘I will kill you and your entire family for child abuse’ in an email to CEO Bob Chapek. 

Florida Govetnor Ron DeSantis has come out against Disney for opposing the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and on Friday officially stripped the company of its 55-year-old special privileges that effectively allowed it to self-govern.

The Florida governor wrote into law the plan which scrapped the Reedy Creek Improvement District, meaning the firm will no longer be able to govern itself. 

The Republican gave a rousing speech and smiled as he passed the bill alongside a crowd of clapping schoolchildren this afternoon. He slammed the firm for ‘marshalling your economic might to attack the parents of my state’, adding: ‘We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that.’

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